A federal jury has awarded a Black New York police officer $15 million after he was falsely arrested, beaten, and had his hand fractured by fellow officers at his Queens home in 2010, reports the New York Daily News.
Off-duty Officer Larry Jackson, 45, was “beaten with batons, choked, kicked, sprayed in the face with pepper spray and had his hand fractured during the 2010 attack, according to his lawyer, who blames race biases on escalating the incident,” writes DNAInfo New York.
The Brooklyn Federal Court jury decided Wednesday that Jackson was entitled to punitive damages from 12 individual officers for a total of $2.6 million, in addition to $12.5 million in damages.
The Queens District Attorney’s Office refused to prosecute the arresting officers following an investigation, according to The New York Post.
The confrontation began after Jackson’s wife called 911 to resolve a dispute outside their home, where they had just held their daughter’s birthday party.
When police arrived, they mistook Jackson for one of the agitators and began to physically subdue him, ignoring his repeated attempts to identify himself as a member of the NYPD, according to the lawsuit.
“Dude, it is my house and I am a police officer too,” Jackson told the arresting officers, according to the complaint. Jackson was then handcuffed and taken to the 113th Precinct stationhouse even after officers found his NYPD shield, which had been in his front pocket the whole time, the lawsuit says.
Jackson’s attorney, Eric Sanders, told DNAInfo that his client could never be compensated for the disrespect he received from the police department.
The suit notes that Jackson’s hand is still recovering from the attack; he can’t hold a gun and may have to retire, notes the report.